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Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen’s Most Eligible Bachelor Paperback – July 23, 2013
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“Laugh out loud funny. I really can't recommend this more to fans of Jane Austen, of the movies, and of the era itself.” ―Anglotopia.net
“Downright hysterical...The things that Darcy would come up with are both exactly what I imagine he would say; just as condescending as ever...This is definitely a fun and quick read that will keep you laughing for a while. I heartily recommend it.” ―Austenprose.com
“Written in Mr. Darcy's characteristic blunt, tongue-in-cheek style from before Miss Elizabeth Bennet tempered his opinions, the book takes a lighthearted perspective on courtship and marriage, the practice of which Darcy considers perfectly abominable. The book catches Darcy's characteristic pride for himself and disdain for all things related to love and marriage, all in his usually offensive manner. The commentary is complete with the inclusion of several humorous caricatures and charts regarding the content. Fun read.” ―Deseret News
“Takes information from real advice manuals and cleverly dishes out the information in connection with a favorite Austen hero. I highly recommend this book!” ―Jane Austen Society of North America/Central New Jersey Chapter
“Pitch-perfect ability to capture the stodgy--and, of course, prideful and prejudiced--voice of one Mr. Darcy c. 1812 makes this tongue-in-cheek dating guide so utterly and delightfully amusing...This book is sure to have Austen/P&P/Darcy fans swooning.” ―The Book Page
“Invites readers into the byzantine and hilarious world of early-19th-century English romance in this faux dating--er, courtship--guide from the protagonist of Pride & Prejudice himself, Fitzwilliam Darcy...Reveals attitudes typical of his particular time and place...many subtle, funny anachronisms...He advises potential suitors to 'be tall' or, if this is impossible, 'invest in a monstrous tall hat,' and, in typical Darcian bluntness, 'ensure that you are not utterly disgusting to behold.' ...A delightful job recreating Darcy at his most cranky, aloof, and--yes--charming.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A delightful addition to your library...A seamless work. Some of the selections had me laughing out loud.” ―RegencyResearcher.com
About the Author
Emily Brand is a writer and historian with a special interest in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England. She has written widely on domestic and family life for a number of history and genealogy magazines and also wrote the hit 'Royal Weddings' and 'The Georgian Bawdyhouse' for Shire. She writes regularly for 'Jane Austen's Regency World', the go-to journal for Austen-lovers. The author lives in Oxford, UK.
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Top Customer Reviews
Miss Bingly contributes notes on feminine beauty since Mr Darcy feels he should not be writing on that subject. There is a letter from Emma Woodhouse about single ladies, a list of delicate compliments from Mr Collins (severely edited), and an article by Mr Wickham on flirting and seduction.
A very enjoyable book.
Make no mistake, he's an appalling individual, as Caroline Bingley would have said, "Sir, you are shocking!" And indeed, Mr Darcy makes no effort to hide his disdain for his inferiors (basically everyone who is not is sister), and all his ideas as to how to deal with the fairer sex (and his opinions on the fairer sex) are as deplorable as they are funny.
Not to say that some of the advice isn't sound...
"As the early season of courtship is crucial in determining the potential success of a match, time should not be wasted in sighing, fainting away, refusing food or breaking into song."
"Though [love] manifests itself in heavy sighs and the composition of nauseating poetry rather than putrid boils and sweating fevers, I daresay the effect is no less offensive for observers."
Mr Darcy's opinions on the female gender even arouse the anger of one Miss Emma Woodhouse, who writes to him (and whose letter is included).
And one can see how is earlier courtship of Elizabeth was doomed to fail:
"While giving gifts ensures success with a particular type of female – just as a dog will favour any man who gives it treats (...)
"Entirely Appropriate Presents:
· Hints towards improving herself
· Time in your presence"
On the whole it was incredibly entertaining - and historically accurate, apart from some of Mr Darcy's more scandalous subjects (obviously inappropriate for fine society). And in the vast universe of Austen tie-ins and published fanfiction this was a decidedly excellent addition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked up this book for tidbits on the Regency courtship scene. Would that all research would be so enjoyable.Read more